Art in Focus with Charles Riley

Tuesday, June 4
Illustrated talks by some of the Long Island art world’s most notable personalities
are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at Stony Brook Southampton Library,  239 Montauk Highway, Southampton. Admission is free, but registration is requested.
Made possible by support from the John H. Marburger III Fund of Stony Brook University

June 4

FOCUS: That Eighties Show

Charles A. Riley II
Director, Nassau County Museum of Art


Charlie will take us on a private tour of the current exhibition at his museum, for which Eric Fischl was the curatorial advisor. The show features more than a hundred works by the great art-world personalities of the 1980s, including Fischl, Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, Bryan Hunt, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, April Gornik, Kenny Scharf, Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Jenny Holzer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Lemieux, Charlie Clough, Tseng Kwong Chi, Jonathan Lasker and others.

Charles A. Riley II is the author of more than twenty books on the arts, as well as hundreds of features, news articles, exhibition catalogue essays, and reviews published in national and international magazines. He has presented exhibitions devoted to Picasso, Surrealism and contemporary art. He is a former reporter for Fortune magazine and former editor-in-chief of WE magazine, and has participated in cultural policy and educational think tanks internationally. A graduate (summa cum laude) of Princeton University, he received his Ph.D. from The CUNY Graduate Center.

Art in Focus with Ruth Appelhof

Tuesday, June 18
Stony Brook Southampton Library  239 Montauk Highway, Southampton

Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.  Admission is free, but registration is requested.

June 18

FOCUS: Lee and Me

Ruth Appelhof

Executive Director Emerita, Guild Hall of East Hampton


Angry, outrageous, defiant, and courageous are just some of the words that describe Lee Krasner, the subject of Ruth’s very personal memoir inspired by her 1974 summer with the artist in East Hampton. Based on weeks of interviews with Krasner, as well as her friends, art-world luminaries, artists, and others, Ruth opens a window into the artist’s private world and illuminates the remarkable work she produced for over six decades.

Ruth Appelhof earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University, having written her dissertation on American Modernism. Her museum career started at the Whitney Museum as a Helena Rubenstein Fellow. Since then she has directed museums across the country. In 2017 Appelhof was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. She received two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants for scholarly research for her book, Lee and Me: An Intimate Portrait of Lee Krasner, soon to be published by Officina Libraria, Milan.

Meet archivist Diane Holliday


A New York State Certified Public Librarian and former Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at Dowling College, Diane joined our team in February as the Pollock-Krasner Study Center’s archivist and reference librarian.

Funded by the Thaw Charitable Trust Endowment, she is hard at work organizing the art reference library and archival collections at the Stony Brook Southampton Library. The goal is to update the online library catalog, create finding aids to the archives, develop a collections management plan and make the holdings more accessible to researchers and the general public. The art reference library, which focuses on modern American art and its influences, is already open to the public during library hours.

Have you joined for 2019?

Your support is important to us! Pollock-Krasner House members are admitted free, receive discounts at the Museum Store, and help underwrite our exhibitions and public programs. If you haven’t yet renewed, or would like to join for the first time,
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Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, New York
A National Historic Landmark
 Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May – October
Thursdays and Fridays
One-hour guided tours by advance reservation at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Maximum 12 people per tour
$15 adults / $10 children under 12 / infants free
Members and SUNY/CUNY students, faculty and staff free with
coupon code, call 631-324-4929 before reserving
Open from noon to 5 p.m. Self-guided tour, no reservations required
Admission by shuttle from Springs School parking lot
On-site parking for the disabled only
$10 adults / children under 12 free
Members and SUNY/CUNY students, faculty and staff free with ID

For information about exhibitions and programs, please visit our Web site.

For researcher access to Study Center collections, which are available
year-round, please call 631-324-4929.



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